Curriculum and School Improvement


Advanced Career

A new approach to career and technical education that combines college-readiness academics with hands-on, project-based assignments focused on modern careers. Advanced Career helps prepare students for as many options as possible after high school: a high-value job, college, community college or technical school. 

South Carolina was the lead state working with SREB to develop the AC clean energy technology pathway.

South Carolina participation in AC programs, 2017-18:

Aerospace Engineering: 6 schools

Clean Energy Technology: 4 schools

Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management: 2 schools

Integrated Production Technologies: 1 school

Teachers trained: 14


In July 2017, Patrick Smallwood of the Center for Advanced Technical Studies in Chapin won an Outstanding Advanced Career Teacher award. The South Carolina Department of Education was honored for Outstanding Advanced Career State Support. >

Readiness Courses:
Math Ready and Literacy Ready

Courses specifically designed to help underprepared students succeed in the next phase of education. 

Ready for college

Courses to teach young adults the reading, writing and math skills they must have to succeed in college. They are taught in an engaging way that leads students to learn and think independently, read for information and solve problems.

SREB Readiness Coureses are being implemented in selected schools during the 2017-18 school year.

Ready for high school

New courses for the transition from middle grades to high school. Underprepared students take the classes in eighth or ninth grade.

South Carolina is one of 10 states that has participated in developing, field testing, training or piloting Ready for High School Literacy or Ready for High School Math. The courses are being implemented in selected schools during the 2017-18 school year. >

High Schools That Work

The nation’s largest school improvement program. HSTW strategies transform high schools into places where all students master complex academic and technical concepts. More than 1,150 schools in 30 states use the framework, its six design features and nine key practices, to raise student achievement and graduation rates.

HSTW State Network

Member states select schools to receive services. The fee for state membership in the consortium covers several services and visits.

South Carolina is a member of the High Schools That Work state network, with 160 active schools in 2016-17.

Contracts for Direct Support

Schools, districts and states contract with SREB for targeted school improvement services such as on-site coaching, technical assistance and professional development. >

Technology Centers That Work

Helps shared-time centers produce high-demand, high-wage graduates. SREB provides staff development, technical assistance, publications and assessment services. The network includes almost 196 sites in 18 states.

Active centers in South Carolina in 2016-17: 22


Anderson District I & II Career Technology Center in Williamston was honored in July 2017 as an Outstanding Technology Centers That Work Site. >

Making Middle Grades Work

Engages state, district and school leaders in partnerships with teachers, students, parents and the community to raise student achievement in the middle grades. In addition to workshops and school visits, SREB links schools to the professional development resources they need.

In 2016-17, 152 South Carolina middle grades schools participated in the network. SREB conducted 14 days of project-based learning professional development at Furman Middle School in Sumter County.

Counseling for Careers

Awakens students to career goals and connects them to the high school and postsecondary programs of study to succeed in them. SREB offers workshops, materials and coaching for districts, schools and technology centers, which then involve teachers, counselors, administrators, parents and community partners.

SREB is conducting Counseling for Careers professional development and ongoing coaching in Sumter County Schools and Beaufort County School District.